Science Foundation Ireland’s policy concerning use of animals in research is informed by European legislation outlined in Directive 2010/63/EU. This legislation was transposed into Irish law in December 2012 by SI No 543 of 2012 and is implemented by the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), the competent authority in Ireland responsible for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.
Science Foundation Ireland aims to improve the welfare of animals used for scientific purposes and to promote the principles of the 3Rs - Replacement, Reduction and Refinement (See Figure 1). Applicants are expected to adhere to the general principles and best practice outlined in the guidance provided by the HPRA and are advised to consult the ARRIVE guidelines (Animal Research: Reporting In Vivo Experiments) produced by the UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs).
Where research funded by SFI involves the use of animals, the following requirements must be met.
These requirements apply whether or not the animals are to be purchased with funds requested within the proposal itself.
View the SFI Policy on the Use of Animals in Research in PDF format
SFI also supports the Joint European Funding Principles for Research involving Animals (See Statement)
SFI will require evidence that relevant ethical and regulatory approval has been granted for studies involving animals prior to an award commencing. In exceptional cases where such research may not commence until a late stage of an award, SFI may permit submission of ethical and regulatory approvals following the award start date but prior to commencement of the research involving animal and/or human subjects.
In order to allow for the appropriate evaluation of the scientific merit of applications for funding involving animal use, applicants submitting proposals must provide the information requested in this Table within the description of their proposed research and methodology.
Last Updated June 2016.